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[2017] How to Fix Steam Disk Write/Read Error

Updated on Jul 19, 2018 by Jean to Partition Manager

Here you can get 4 advanced solutions for Steam disk write error and Steam disk read error, with a full message displaying as 'an error occurred while updating a game (disk read error)' or 'an error occurred while installing a game (disk write error)'.

About Steam Disk Write/Read Error

Usually, when installing or updating a popular Steam game, such as Dota 2, Fallout 4, Tree of Savior and Team Fortress, you may encounter an error that suggests a Steam disk write error or perhaps disk read error. You can refer to the error details and related screenshots.

An error occurred while updating [game title]
An error occurred while installing [game title]

steam disk read error

As you can tell, the extra information in the parenthesis behind the detailed error message is disk related. So, what disk problems would bring about such failure in daily game update and installation?

In conclusion, the disk write or read error comes, to a large extent, from some bad sectors on your hard drive, or your hard drive is failing and the disk is write protected in aspects of scratches, corruption, virus and specific permissions. Thus, to have Steam disk problems solved, you need to take prompt actions to repair have drive in question.

How to Fix Steam Disk Write/Read Error in Windows 10/8/7?

In addition to the basic troubleshooting for Steam disk errors provided by Steam Support, including restart computer, clear download cache, reinstall Steam or move Steam installation to other location, we come up with 4 advanced solutions that proved to be more powerful in removing Steam disk write or read error completely.

Fix 1- Verify integrity for Steam game files

Try to verify integrity for Steam games files at first if you see games keeps crashing or their models missing unknowingly.

Step 1. Reboot system and then launch Steam.
Step 2. Select "LIBRASY" tab and right click the game that sends disk errors and select Properties.
Step 3. Click "LOCAL FILES" tab and then you can see "VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES…" button. Click it.
Step 4. Steam starts verifying game files, which may take a couple of minutes. Please note that some files may fail to verify, which is normal for most Stem games. That's because these files are local configuration files and they cannot be disturbed as part of this action.
Step 5. When all files are validated successfully, you can retry installing updates and see whether the disk error is removed.

steam disk read error fix

Fix 2- Remove disk write protection

When disk is somehow write protected, you're prevented from modifying it, such as formatting, writing data, installing programs on it. That's the other possible reason why you receive disk errors on Steam. Simply use diskpart command to clear write protection and remove the error.

Step 1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

Step 2. Type these commands one by one and press Enter key after each:


list disk

select disk # (# is the number of hard drive with which you're getting disk error)

attributes disk clear readonly

remove write protection to fix steam disk read write error

Step 3. You may now close Command Prompt and replug the hard drive and check if the Steam disk error disappeared.

Fix 3- Check and repair disk bad sectors

Starting from this approach, you'll need additional help from a third-party free partition manager tool, which is EaseUS Partition Master. First of all, the check partition feature within is extremely easy-to-use in checking and repairing hard drive partition errors and bad sectors.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Step 1. Right-click the disk partition that sends error and select Check partition. In the Check Partition Box, you got three options to choose:

choose check partition feature to fix steam disk write error

  • Check Partition Properties: for checking file system errors.
  • Call Windows Chkdsk.exe to fix errors if there are errors; Call windows Scandisk application to fix these found errors. (Only for windows version)
  • Surface Test: Make detection of a disk or partition for sector errors. After the test completes, a report will be produced.

Step 2. Click OK, the program starts running partition error checking.

Fix 4- Replace failing hard drive

We feel bad if hard drive has developed serious problems and it's time to upgrade hard disk to a new one. It's a permanent solution for either disk read error or disk write error for good. To replace a failing hard drive to a new one, use EaseUS Partition Master's clone disk function.

Step 1. Prepare the old and new hard drives and have them correctly connected to the computer.

Step 2. Right click the disk with disk write error and choose Clone disk.

select clone disk to replace the disk with write error

Step 3. Choose the Destination Disk, and then click Next.

select the destination disk

Step 4. Confirm to delete the partitions and data on the destination disk. Click OK.

Step 5. Resize partitions on the destination disk. On a disk map, current size of the partitions on the destination Disk is displayed on the top of the dialog box. Position the mouse pointer on the left or right partition handle; the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow and drag the handle to the partition size you want. Click OK.

Step 6. To preview the result on the left panel "Pending Operations". If it is right, then click "Apply".

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 Windows 10 is supported